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Announcing the Winners of the 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Congratulations to all the winners of the 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards! Read an interview with the Grand Prize-winning author Zenda Walker in the March/April 2022 issue.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards! Read an interview with the Grand Prize-winning author Zenda Walker in the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

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Grand Prize

Announcing the Winners of the 30th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Know Your Hairitage: Zara's Wash Day by Zenda Walker

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Early Readers/Children's Picture Books

Announcing the Winners of the 30th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Not So Different by Cyana Riley

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Honorable Mentions

  • Do Ants Wear Pants? by Gabrielle Grice
  • Mighty May Won't Cry Today by Kendra & Claire-Voe Ocampo

Genre Fiction

Announcing the Winners of the 30th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Seizure by Peter Black

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Honorable Mentions

  • As Fate Would Have It by David M. Brooks
  • Death of a Rancher's Daughter, #2 In The Lady Lawyer Mysteries by Susan P. Baker
  • Dromos by Raymond Stanley Ruble
  • Ivory Rangers by Joseph Mujwit
  • Numbered by Crissi Langwell
  • Revival by Alexis Koetting
  • Season of the Runer: The Trial of Two by Abigail Linhardt
  • The Fall by Marie Williams
  • Windfall: A Henry Lysyk Mystery by Byron TD Smith

Inspirational

Announcing the Winners of the 30th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

The Art of Quietude: Spring by Paula Negraes

Honorable Mention

  • Run, Walk, Crawl: A Caregiver Caught Between Generations by Sarahbeth Persiani

Life Stories

Announcing the Winners of the 30th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Thirst: A Memoir by Lisa Fierer

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Honorable Mentions

  • American Dreaming: A Memoir of Interracial Love, Estrangement, and Race Equality by Dianne Liuzzi Hagan
  • Frenched by Elizabeth Dupont
  • Tour Book by Rachel Pfennig Hales
  • Where the Trail Ends: The Kenny Suttner Story by Angela Suttner

Mainstream/Literary Fiction

Announcing the Winners of the 30th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit by Valerie Dunsmore

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Honorable Mentions

  • Locks by Ashleigh Nugent
  • L'Origine: The Secret Life of the World's Most Erotic Masterpiece by Lilianne Milgrom
  • Milk Without Honey by Lorene Hoover
  • Moments in Transition: Stories of Maya and Jeena by Neerja Raman
  • Shadow Wolves by Jake Kaminski
  • The Charm Bracelet by Delores Wardell
  • Unbound A Tale of Love and Betrayal in Shanghai by Dina Gu Brumfield

Middle-Grade/Young Adult Books

Announcing the Winners of the 30th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island by Scott Semegran

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Honorable Mentions

  • Malcolm and Me by Robin Farmer
  • Stealing Embers by Julie Hall

Nonfiction/Reference

Announcing the Winners of the 30th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Moment by Robert Abad

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Honorable Mentions

  • Gofers: On the Front Lines of Film and Television by Daniel Scarpati
  • Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet by Don Komarechka
  • Secrets to Parenting Without Giving a F^ck by Sue Donnellan

Poetry

Announcing the Winners of the 30th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

How the Wind Calls the Restless by Emily DeYoung

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Honorable Mention

  • Of Winters Past by Robert Bowles
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